Highlights cooperation EU-Australia


European Union external action.  
Responsible EU body: EEAS

International Cooperation framework for Research and Innovation.  

Responsible European Commission service: DG RTD.

On-going projects

The Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA) in the state of Victoria has been the frontrunner of Smart Specialisation in Australia. The implementation of Smart Specialisation strategy (S3) in Gippsland, the territory in which the Latrobe Valley is located, was driven by the closure of the Hazelwood coalmine and electricity generation station in the Valley in 2017. 

The Victorian Government established the LVA to support workers and families affected immediately by layoffs and to stimulate short-term demand in the Latrobe Valley. Its longer-term mission was to restructure the regional economy and develop sustainable energy sources in the territory in which the Valley is located. 

In September 2017, the LVA took a decision to develop Smart Specialisation Strategy for Gippsland (GS3) to provide the strategic framework for the longer-term renewal of the regional economy. GS3 had a systemic and sustainable approach to diversifying and revitalising the regional economy and its social and cultural foundations. 

The implementation of S3 was framed by the challenge of developing renewable energy sources that would meet South Eastern Australia’s energy needs and by the social imperative of “just transition” for individuals, families and communities.

The first phase of GS3 (2018-2020) engaged over 3000 people and organisations. The process was instrumental for strengthening the regional innovation system in Gippsland. GS3 contributed to building innovation partnerships around several themes such as food and fibre, energy, health and wellbeing, and the tourist sector.

Support of the Smart Specialisation Platform

Aiming at facilitating close cooperation with EU regions, the Smart Specialisation platform supports technically and methodologically strategic initiatives leading to implement the smart specialisation concept in non-EU countries. An open call to non-EU regions and countries is available.

More concretelly, the support of the S3 Platform to the implementation and adaptation of the S3 concept in Australia has been linked to the following activities: 

  • Policy talks with Australian department of Infrastructure and regional development
  • Academic collaboration with RMIT Centre (EU Centre) 
  • Attendance of S3 Platform experts to workshops and conferences 
  • Dissemination and communication activities in several channels 
  • Membership to the S3 Platform 
  • Newsletter information 

Open call

OPEN CALL to Non-EU Countries & Regions: registration in the S3 Platform. Expressions of interest for becoming member of the S3 platform can be fulfilled here.  This call targets public authorities in charge of innovation and competitiveness policies at national and sub-national level.

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The latest region to register is Latrobe Valley (Australia).